okcBIZ awards 2012 Best Places to Work in Oklahoma

Placing at the top in the program's two award categories were Capital One Auto Finance and GableGotwals, a law firm with offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

The
companies on the 2012 Best Places to Work in Oklahoma list are
outstanding examples of the strong bond that exists between Oklahoma
employers and their employees,” said
okcBIZ
Publisher
Bill Bleakley. “The bond arises out of a special commitment to the
quality of the work environment and to the quality of their products
and services. These companies not only have the fundamental qualities
required for a best place to work, but also demonstrate workplace
innovations and programs unique to each company.”


The
30 award recipients were chosen through examination of leadership and
planning, communications, role satisfaction, work environment and
relationship with supervisor, as demonstrated on questionnaires
answered by the companies' own employees and human resources
representatives.

A
third-party surveyor, Best Companies Group, collected data from the
businesses that entered the competition and distributed surveys to
determine which companies had the best practices.

What
makes the Best Places to Work in Oklahoma designation so special is
the fact that the employees are the ones whose input put them on the
list,” said Peter Burke, president of Best Companies Group. “If
you want to know if it's a great place work, ask the employees, and
that's what we did. Many companies applied, but a select few had high
enough employee-engagement scores to make the list. You can have the
best benefits package in the world and still be a lousy place to
work. The companies that made the list truly understand what it takes
to create workplace cultures where employees love to go to work.”

According
to their surveys, the group found that more than 79 percent of the
top companies make an effort to recruit and retain employees who are
aging or disabled and who represent various ethnic and cultural
backgrounds. More than 90 percent offer a performance bonus or
incentive program, and almost 80 percent allow employees paid time
off for community service activities and volunteer work. Almost all
offer on-site fitness and wellness programs.

The
June 28 gala, which was held at Skirvin Hilton Hotel, was unlike most
awards ceremonies, as it was more of a celebration than just your
run-of-the-mill ceremony.

I
attend many Best Places to Work events around the country, but the
event in OKC has an energy in the room unlike any other,” Burke
said. “It's great to see that companies appreciate and
celebrate their great achievement. I had so much fun.”

Capital One Auto Finance
Photo by Shannon Cornman

Bleakley
says the program was initiated to recognize those companies that help
build the economy by being the state's outstanding employers.

Through
this competition and recognition program,
okcBIZ
and
its partners strive to promote and encourage quality workplaces, and
provide models and benchmarks for all Oklahoma companies to seek
excellence in the workplace,” he said.

The
organizations that partnered with okcBIZ to honor the Best
Places to Work in Oklahoma include Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits,
OKHR State Council, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and The State
Chamber.

The
2012 Best Places to Work in Oklahoma in the large category – having
250 or more employees – are:

  1. Capital
    One Auto Finance

  2. Cancer
    Treatment Centers of America

  3. Edward
    Jones

  4. Encompass
    Home Health

  5. Diagnostic
    Laboratory of Oklahoma

  6. INSURICA 

  7. Eide
    Bailly LLP

  8. First
    United Bank

  9. Cox
    Communications

  10. Cintas
    Corporation

  11. Paycom
    Payroll LLC

  12. Chaparral
    Energy

The
2012 Best Places to Work in Oklahoma in the small- to medium-size
category – having fewer than 250 employees – are:

  1. GableGotwals

  2. HoganTaylor
    LLP

  3. QuiBids

  4. CFR

  5. Tri
    County Technology Center

  6. Ideal
    Homes of Norman LP

  7. InterWorks
    Inc.

  8. Oklahoma
    City Indian Clinic

  9. Coppermark
    Bank

  10. Wallace
    Engineering

  11. Vox
    Printing

  12. Oklahoma
    State University Foundation

  13. Republic
    Bank & Trust

  14. Public
    Strategies Inc.

  15. Mid-Continent
    Casualty Company

  16. C2
    Technologies Inc.

  17. Great
    Plains Technology Center

  18. Maschino,
    Hudelson & Associates

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